PICTURE BOOK AtfEBEMCE %U l\ J 811 Moore Moore t Clement A visit from St Nicholas / r>i *->~>*c. "* CWTR 2147246 ooHHai LIBRARY 20 WEST 53fd STRfET YORE, n y NY POBLIC LIBRARY THEBWNCHUBARIES 3 3333 330 tOQV RITOKW C5E fhis little Book conveys the Greetings of to A VISIT from t.NICHOLA o o o By Clement C. Moore . , . . . . , .. . : " : -* 'Boston The Atlantic Monthly Prefs 1921 c/ Sll ) i:W0f,the night before Christmas, , , ivtie'ri all through the house . . ' o ' , > . , Not b -creature was stirring^ not even a mouse' The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, C43 In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds While visions of sugar-plums danced through their heads y And Mamma in her * kerchief , and I in my cap, ff ad just settled our brains for a long winter's nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter , / sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. ' Away to the window I flew like a flash y Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow C 5 3 Gave a lustre of midday to objefls below, When what to my wondering eyes did appear, But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer, With a little old driver so lively and quick, I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and. tailed them by name: ,; ^ i ' ' . '^NoWj Dasher/ now. Dancer/ , ' > > " now\ Prancer and Vixen! * f : - , ' . I i On^omet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blixen! To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! (63 Now dash away! dash away! dash away, all!" As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky, So up to the housetop the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little boo f. ...... t . As I drew in my bea,d, , ' ; ; and was turning aro'und^ Down the chimney & Nicbola? came with a bound, was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, C73 And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; A bundle of toys be had flung on his back, A nd he looked like a pedler just opening his pack. //if eyes how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry! JFfis cheeks were like roses , his nose like a cherry ! //is droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow; The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath; fje had a broad face and a little round belly (83 That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly. ffe was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread; // spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose, A nd giving a nod, up the chimney he rose, ffe sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, C9 3 And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I beard him exclaim ere be drove out of sight "flAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT! " Ct. Designed by Bruce Rogers and printed by William Edwin Rudge, Mount Vernon^ N. T> text is that of the original (1837) edition. woodcuts are by Florence Wyman Ivins.